…InMoov is, however, a pretty cool milestone for robotics and 3D printing. “All the parts are 3D printed–except the electronics and the hardware–from the [MakerBot] Replicator 2 over there,” said Chuck Fletcher, who brought InMoov to World Maker Faire in New York. “It took about three or four months, night and weekends. 400 hours of printing.
InMoov rested on a stand at Maker Faire, surveying his surroundings. Even without moving facial muscles, InMoov looked pretty expressive. Its face was printed in a permanent intimidating stare. When its head swiveled around on its neck to look at you, it really felt like it was looking at you. Which is something InMoov will actually be able to do, eventually.
Fletcher equipped the robot with an eye socket-mounted camera to track motion. Before some technical snags got in the way, he had even planned to hook InMoov up to a Kinect sensor to mimic any human standing in its field of view (provided they moved slowly enough, anyway). A looping video in the booth showed InMoov’s eye tracking in action.
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